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The Wade Trophy is an award presented annually to the best women's basketball player in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I competition. It is named after three–time national champion Delta State University coach Lily Margaret Wade. The award debuted in 1978 as the first–ever women's national player of the year award in college basketball. State Farm Insurance sponsors the award, and the trophy is presented at the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) National Convention.

Wade Trophy
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The 2010 Wade Trophy
Awarded forthe best female college basketball player in the United States
CountryUnited States
First awarded1978
Currently held bySabrina Ionescu, Oregon
WebsiteOfficial website

Connecticut has the most all-time winners with nine. Maya Moore is the only player to win the Wade Trophy three times, accomplishing the feat in 2009 (only sophomore ever to win the award), 2010 and 2011. Other multiple award winners include Nancy Lieberman (1979, 1980), Seimone Augustus (2005, 2006), Brittney Griner (2012, 2013), and fellow UConn alum Breanna Stewart (2015, 2016).

Three schools are tied for second place in total recipients: Louisiana Tech, Old Dominion, and Texas have three winners apiece. There have never been any ties for the award.

Eligibility and criteriaEdit

All academically eligible women's basketball athletes in NCAA Division I qualify as candidates

  • Member of the NCAA Division I Kodak/WBCA All-America Team
  • Game and season statistics
  • Effect on team
  • Leadership
  • Character
  • Overall playing ability
  • Player that embodies the "Spirit of Margaret Wade" as defined by the WBCA and the NAGWS


Jennifer Azzi won in 1990 while playing for Stanford.
Sue Bird, in white, won in 2002
Maya Moore is the award's only three-time recipient.
Breanna Stewart receiving the Wade trophy at the 2015 WBCA convention in Tampa Bay FL
Player (n) Denotes the number of times the player has been awarded the Wade Trophy at that point
Season Player School Position Class
1977–78 Carol Blazejowski[1] Montclair State Forward Senior
1978–79 Nancy Lieberman[2] Old Dominion Guard Junior
1979–80 Nancy Lieberman (2)[2] Old Dominion Guard Senior
1980–81 Lynette Woodard[3] Kansas Guard Senior
1981–82 Pam Kelly[4] Louisiana Tech Center Senior
1982–83 LaTaunya Pollard[5] Long Beach State Guard Senior
1983–84 Janice Lawrence Braxton[6] Louisiana Tech Forward Senior
1984–85 Cheryl Miller[7] USC Forward Junior
1985–86 Kamie Ethridge[8] Texas Guard Senior
1986–87 Shelly Pennefather[9] Villanova Forward Senior
1987–88 Teresa Weatherspoon[10] Louisiana Tech Guard Senior
1988–89 Clarissa Davis[11] Texas Forward Senior
1989–90 Jennifer Azzi[12] Stanford Guard Senior
1990–91 Daedra Charles[13] Tennessee Center Senior
1991–92 Susan Robinson[14] Penn State Forward Senior
1992–93 Karen Jennings[15] Nebraska Forward Senior
1993–94 Carol Ann Shudlick[16] Minnesota Forward Senior
1994–95 Rebecca Lobo[17] Connecticut Center Senior
1995–96 Jennifer Rizzotti[18] Connecticut Guard Senior
1996–97 DeLisha Milton[19] Florida Forward Senior
1997–98 Ticha Penicheiro[20] Old Dominion Guard Senior
1998–99 Stephanie White[21] Purdue Guard Senior
1999–00 Edwina Brown[22] Texas Guard Senior
2000–01 Jackie Stiles[23] Southwest Missouri State Guard Senior
2001–02 Sue Bird[24] Connecticut Guard Senior
2002–03 Diana Taurasi[25] Connecticut Forward Junior
2003–04 Alana Beard[26] Duke Guard Senior
2004–05 Seimone Augustus[2] LSU Guard Junior
2005–06 Seimone Augustus (2)[2] LSU Guard Senior
2006–07 Candace Parker[27] Tennessee Center Junior
2007–08 Candice Wiggins[28] Stanford Guard Senior
2008–09 Maya Moore[29] Connecticut Forward Sophomore
2009–10 Maya Moore (2)[29] Connecticut Forward Junior
2010–11 Maya Moore (3)[29] Connecticut Forward Senior
2011–12 Brittney Griner[30] Baylor Center Junior
2012–13 Brittney Griner (2)[30] Baylor Center Senior
2013–14 Odyssey Sims[30] Baylor Guard Senior
2014–15 Breanna Stewart[31] Connecticut Forward Junior
2015–16 Breanna Stewart (2)[31] Connecticut Forward Senior
2016–17 Kelsey Plum[32] Washington Guard Senior
2017–18 A'ja Wilson[33] South Carolina Forward Senior
2018–19 Sabrina Ionescu[34] Oregon Guard Junior


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